AF Monitoring: Mathematics Meets Real Life
In today's clinical practice the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) is made by an ECG documentation which fulfills established criteria1. That documentation is of utmost clinical importance because it is the basis for further therapeutic interventions, such as rhythm control strategies or introduction of oral anticoagulation. ECG documentation of AF, however, carries two distinct limitations. First, the occurrence is unpredictable in terms of onset and duration of arrhythmia episodes. Second, patient symptoms are of limited value identifying arrhythmia episodes and to subsequently enable successful ECG recordings. As such multiple studies have described a high prevalence of asymptomatic or silent AF in various patient populations2-8. (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received July 15, 2012.
- Accepted July 17, 2012.
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